COOPER, ROBERTSON & PARTNERS
William Kenworthey, AIA, Partner, has been responsible for leading large-scale waterfront redevelopment projects throughout his seventeen years in the field. He joined Cooper, Robertson & Partners in 2004, became a Senior Associate in 2007 and Partner in 2011. In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, Mr. Kenworthey led the firm’s design focused on long-term resiliency of coastal communities: The Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (New York City Mayor’s Office), New York Rising (New York State), and Rebuild by Design (United States Department of Housing and Urban Development). He also led the Master Plan for the Central Delaware and the CHOP Schuylkill Avenue Campus, both in Philadelphia, as well as the Hunters Point Shipyard Phase 2 / Candlestick Point Streetscape Master Plan in San Francisco. Prior to joining CRP, he worked on the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Re-Zoning and Waterfront Access Plan as an Associate Urban Designer at the New York City Department of City Planning- Brooklyn Office. Mr. Kenworthey has lectured extensively on urban waterfront design at institutions including Yale University, Columbia University, and Parsons School of Design. He holds a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Since the devastation in the New York and New Jersey Region brought by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012, our firm has led efforts to rethink how we can protect and continue to inhabit the water’s edge. As waterfront design experts, we have considered neighborhoods in New York City and in New Jersey together with local, state, and federal government agencies. Our thinking prioritizes the continued vitality of urban waterfronts through working maritime activity, public access, and property values, rather than a retreat from the impacts of climate change. In our work, we weave together influences of government, finance, innovative design, and "place" to create resilient solutions for urban areas that are most at risk from sea level rise and increasingly powerful storms. Using examples from the firm’s current work, we will describe design principles and lessons learned for approaching this issue in other cities.
With thirty-five years of experience in design and planning for urban revitalization, Cooper, Robertson & Partners has engaged the issues of ports through redevelopment projects for post-industrial waterfronts in dozens of U.S. cities. Resiliency projects addressing climate change are the next generation in design thinking for urban waterfronts. In particular, our recent work for the HUD’s international competition "Rebuild by Design" developed policy and finance strategies for commercial waterfronts that could be executed for three distinct neighborhoods: the inner city in Red Hook in Brooklyn, barrier islands in the Rockaways in Queens, and the oceanfront community of Asbury Park, NJ,